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Forest, forestry and renawable forest resources

Periods
Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
4.01.00  Biotechnical sciences  Forestry, wood and paper technology   

Code Science Field
B430  Biomedical sciences  Sylviculture, forestry, forestry technology 

Code Science Field
4.01  Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences  Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 
Keywords
close-to-nature multifunctional forest management, forest ecology, wildlife ecology, silviculture, forest health, forest management planning, operations research, dendrology and forest genetics, landscape ecology, growth&yield science, forest economics, forest policy, forest engineering
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Points
12,604.24
A''
1,395.27
A'
5,467.78
A1/2
6,754.21
CI10
12,677
CImax
1,048
h10
53
A1
42.7
A3
19.94
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on January 28, 2023; A3 for period 2016-2020
Data for ARRS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender , archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  583  13,148  11,762  20.17 
Scopus  585  14,737  13,296  22.73 
Researchers (39)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publications
1.  29881  Tomaž Adamič    Technician  2020  32 
2.  10801  PhD Andrej Bončina  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2023  500 
3.  28895  Danijel Borkovič    Technician  2020  30 
4.  11958  PhD Robert Brus  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2023  721 
5.  11253  PhD Jurij Diaci  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2023  698 
6.  27615  PhD Andrej Ficko  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Principal Researcher  2020 - 2023  143 
7.  34320  PhD Gal Fidej  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2021  75 
8.  20691  PhD Petra Grošelj  Interdisciplinary research  Researcher  2020 - 2023  147 
9.  30165  PhD Tine Hauptman  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2023  198 
10.  06470  PhD David Hladnik  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2023  249 
11.  26070  PhD Kristjan Jarni  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2023  95 
12.  39097  Jernej Javornik  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Junior researcher  2020  30 
13.  22515  PhD Klemen Jerina  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2023  437 
14.  02491  PhD Maja Jurc  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2023  564 
15.  28501  PhD Matija Klopčič  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2020 - 2023  153 
16.  27605  PhD Milan Kobal  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2023  338 
17.  12796  PhD Janez Krč  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2021  308 
18.  29816  PhD Miha Krofel  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2023  691 
19.  37794  Vasja Leban  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Technician  2020  109 
20.  29335  PhD Matevž Mihelič  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2023  96 
21.  27544  PhD Thomas Andrew Nagel  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2020 - 2023  213 
22.  35955  PhD Mojca Nastran  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2023  56 
23.  13256  Roman Pavlin  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Technician  2020  86 
24.  25668  PhD Špela Pezdevšek Malovrh  Biotechnical sciences  Researcher  2020 - 2023  269 
25.  10973  PhD Janez Pirnat  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2023  200 
26.  22576  PhD Anton Poje  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2021  129 
27.  25666  PhD Aleš Poljanec  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2023  223 
28.  06473  PhD Igor Potočnik  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2021  264 
29.  31210  MSc Helena Erika Rojc    Technician  2020  16 
30.  24368  PhD Andrej Rozman  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2023  106 
31.  21043  PhD Dušan Roženbergar  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2021  217 
32.  32898  PhD Tina Simončič  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020  82 
33.  17770  Alojzij Skvarča    Technician  2020  27 
34.  55855  Nik Šabeder  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Junior researcher  2021 - 2023  20 
35.  10008  PhD Milan Šinko  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Researcher  2020 - 2023  122 
36.  53618  Tjaša Šmidovnik  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Junior researcher  2020 - 2023  16 
37.  52403  Vasilije Trifković    Technician  2020  19 
38.  07446  PhD Lidija Zadnik-Stirn  Forestry, wood and paper technology    2020 - 2023  589 
39.  51250  Barbara Žabota  Forestry, wood and paper technology  Technician  2020  30 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publications
1.  0481  University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty  Ljubljana  1626914  64,297 
Abstract
The research program Forest, Forestry and Renewable Forest Resources has a strong focus on long-term basic research that examines ecological, economic, and social functions of forest ecosystems, with a particular emphasis on close-to-nature forest management. The program responds to contemporary challenges in forestry by strengthening interdisciplinary collaboration with foreign research institutions, and by developing new research activities geared towards enhancing forest resilience and adaptation to global change drivers. An important aspect of the research includes collaboration and feedbacks with university pedagogical activities and forest extension work. Research is structured into three pillars and nine subthemes, each with multiple objectives. Basic research of forest ecosystems under pillar 1 provides key knowledge on ecosystem functioning and processes in a changing environment. Research covers a range of topics, such as long–term monitoring of old-growth forests, natural disturbance processes and dynamics, forest functions, forest biodiversity, genetic diversity of tree populations, zoological and mycological studies, and wildlife ecology and population management. Under pillar 2 great emphasis is put on studies of multipurpose forest management and planning, where we focus on developing risk-resilient forest management strategies, new tools and decision support systems for forest management planning, and natural hazard modelling and forest engineering. Research questions under pillar 3 are oriented toward social issues, including the enhancement of long-term competitiveness of the forest sector, forest work safety studies, studying public interests and ecosystem services supply, and private forests and private forest owner research. The program maintains a network of 100s of permanent plots and research objects across a range of ecological conditions in the country, for which long-term funding is essential. It has its own certified laboratories (i.e. entomological laboratory, ergonomic laboratory, molecular laboratory, dendroecology laboratory), and it manages a 77 ha experimental forest in the vicinity of the Faculty, with further access to 510 ha of forests at the Pahernik Foundation. Many different methodological approaches are employed for the various research objectives, including long term observation of permanent plots, dendroecology, controlled experiments in forests, molecular and morphometric methods, monitoring and sampling entomofauna with entomological traps, collecting and analyzing samples of fungi and phytoplasmas, GPS telemetry of wildlife, and remote sensing techniques such as lidar scanning and omnidirectional photography. The ratio between younger and older researchers is favorable. Research results have been published in high impact journals such as Science (2015 paper on recovery of large carnivores in Europe) and Nature Climate Change (2017 paper on forest disturbances under climate change).
Significance for science
The research program Forests, Forestry and Renewable Forest Resources is a cornerstone for strengthening the leading role of Slovenian forest science in Europe with long-term research in support of multipurpose close-to-nature forest management. The research group examines scientific evidence of ecological, economic and social performance of close-to-nature forest management. The following bullet points highlight the importance of the different groups within the program: Research in primary forests provides a foundation for understanding and quantifying both the drivers of change and response of forest ecosystems across a range of scales. This baseline information is indispensable for designing new management strategies that facilitate adaptation to change, not resist it, thereby attempting to reduce future loss of ecosystem services. Studying invasive alien harmful diseases and insects, occurrence of new phytoplasms in woody plants, endophytes in forest trees, the impact of climate change on the host tree/parasites/symbionts relationships contributes to the development of early warning systems and response strategies which is key challenge in the European Union. Research of ecosystem impacts of large carnivores in forested landscapes of Central Europe and impacts of allochthonous species of large mammals on vegetation in forest landscapes advances our understanding of ecology of studied species and their ecosystem roles. Research in this field is leading in Europe taking into account the transboundary aspects of wildlife management. The proposed forest modeling environment will enable timely and informed decision making taking into consideration multiple risks. Digital datasets such as photospheres, data point clouds and big datasets represent a step towards setting a new trend in forest inventory and data processing. The development of a new consensus model for group decision making can contribute to more effective decisions when several stakeholders with conflicting opinions are included in a decision making process. Research of torrential processes in forests and protection measures needed for reducing the risk of natural hazards uses techniques and tools at the cutting edge of geomatics and environmental engineering to gather, process, analyze, visualize and manage spatially related information and helps deal with natural hazards. Research of woody biomass supply and new business models advances knowledge on safe and efficient moto-manual forest production. Research on ergonomics and work models will be useful for forest companies and forest owners as well as for forest operation planning, particularly in countries where less-favored natural conditions or environmental protection limitations prevent the use of machine harvesting and forwarding. Research of connectivity and conservation of urban and suburban forests, urban expansion and infrastructure-driven development provides support in the process of decision-making in landscape planning and conservation of urban and suburban forests. Research on private forest owners’ involvement in forest management resulted in several innovative approaches to identifying and quantifying the diversity of forest owner management objectives such as probabilistic clustering and causal modeling with latent variables.
Significance for the country
The research program Forest, Forestry and Renewable Forest Resources is one of the leading promotors of close-to-nature forest management in Europe and constantly upgrades the traditional management concepts with new insights on ecosystem dynamics and technological improvements. Given the high cover of native forests, Slovenia plays a key role in maintaining ecosystem services and biodiversity in Europe’s temperate zone. We will contribute to protection of the natural heritage; Slovenia has the lowest rate of forest fragmentation in Europe, the largest coverage of Natura 2000 sites, and hosts 15% of all rare or threatened species present in the EU. Our research provides guidance on improving and restoring forest habitat for biodiversity. Biodiversity conservation and limiting climate change are now viewed by the public as more important forest functions compared to wood production in Slovenia, such that our research also contributes to social and cultural goals. Furthermore, an important component of social development is the awareness of the general public about the importance of forests for preserving biodiversity. Research into sustainable and close-to-nature forest management will promote environmental concern in society. The Department of Forestry and Renewable Forest Resources at the Biotechnical Faculty is already recognized as a regional hot-spot in higher education in the field of sustainability science. The Department will strengthen the Slovenian position in Europe in higher education in the field of forest ecosystem management and the integration approach to nature conservation. Because environmental degradation in the most developed countries continues, our research questions under the social pillar are of high relevance for sustainable societies in Europe and other most developed countries. By systematic collecting and archiving data on damage in forests due to natural hazards we will contribute to the Europe-wide harmonized information system on forests which is one of the goals of the EU Forest Strategy. Great emphasis in the development of forest models and harvesting scheduling tools is being put on the user-friendliness and direct applicability of the models and tools in the public forest service or among private forest owners. Development of these new tools includes modern technologies, such as Virtual reality and Augmented reality. We will continue cooperating with foreign universities and direct users in the field. The program group members have so far established permanent communication channels with various media for quick responses to current management issues and they take care of the dissemination of scientific achievements at the popular level in the form of interviews and participation in discussions.
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